YSU English Festival

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

About the Festival (ysuenglishfestival.org)

Each year, Youngstown State University sponsors the YSU English Festival. This is a unique annual program reaching out to approximately 3,000 junior and senior high school students from Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties in Ohio, and Mercer and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania, their teachers and parents, area librarians, and other members of the community who are interested in promoting and cultivating reading and writing.


Students fill every available room in the University’s student center and several campus auditoriums. They will listen to a noted author or authors of some of the books they have read, write impromptu essays, collaborate on workshop activities, attend dramatic or artistic performances, participate in “insight” book discussions, and try their skills at language games and 'not-so-trivial pursuit' competitions.

This Year's Book List

This year's lecturers

What To Do If You Want To Attend

  • Commit to reading all seven books by April 10. Copies of each book will be available in the media center.
  • Complete and submit book notes for each of the seven books (forms will be provided).
  • Be available the day of the Festival, April 22, and have a ride home from TCTC at approximately 4:00 pm.
  • Be able to pay the non-refundable $8 registration fee by November 13.
  • Complete the form by clicking on the link below to express interest and to receive further updates (This does not commit you to going - it just lets me know you're thinking about it.)
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Interest Form

Complete this form if you're interested in attending the 2020 YSU English Festival. This is in no way a commitment to attend. It will just get you on my mailing list for future communications.